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From the publisher: Happy anniversary, Medicare and Medicaid

From the publisher: Happy anniversary, Medicare and Medicaid

By Fawn Lopez  |  May 23, 2015

Modern Healthcare has documented every Medicare and Medicaid milestone and challenge since Crain Communications purchased the magazine in 1976. This section commemorates the programs' 50th anniversary by providing some history and an overview of their challenges.

Commentary: Defined-contribution model would improve care

Commentary: Defined-contribution model would improve care

By Douglas Holtz-Eakin  |  May 23, 2015

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum and a former Congressional Budget Office director, writes that Medicare and Medicaid have an obligation to provide high-quality care to America's seniors and low-income beneficiaries, and they must be made financially sustainable.

Commentary: Medicare, Medicaid protect us from healthcare risks

Commentary: Medicare, Medicaid protect us from healthcare risks

By Judy Feder  |  May 23, 2015

Georgetown University professor and former HHS official Judy Feder writes that the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid enactment calls for a celebration. Medicare provides health insurance protection to virtually all older Americans and many workers who become disabled.

Summit to examine physician concerns about bundled payments

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 23, 2015

Providers and policymakers will explore implementation strategies for bundled-payment models and address physician concerns about the CMS' bundled-payment experiments at the Fifth National Bundled Payment Summit in Washington.

Demands of an aging population will have Medicare, Medicaid fighting for dollars

By Merrill Goozner  |  May 23, 2015

Medicare and Medicaid evolved in dramatically different ways. Medicare, which provided health coverage for seniors, became the third rail of American politics. Medicaid, a state-based program that provided health coverage for the poor, existed in a political netherworld. All that is about to change.

Will Medicare and Medicaid predict ACA's future?

Will Medicare and Medicaid predict ACA's future?

By Harris Meyer  |  May 23, 2015

While politicians debate the future of Medicare and Medicaid, few question that those programs are here to stay. It's easy to forget how controversial the idea of government healthcare programs was for most of the 20th century, and how many decades it took to enact the programs.

Providers need to prepare for switch to chip cards

Providers need to prepare for switch to chip cards

By Joseph Conn  |  May 22, 2015

A national conversion from magnetic strip-based credit and debit cards to cards embedded with security enhancing computer chips is already underway and could prove a boon to providers, after some upfront costs and hassles.

Crosson named MedPAC chairman

Crosson named MedPAC chairman

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 22, 2015

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has appointed former Kaiser Permanente executive Dr. Francis “Jay” Crosson to replace Glenn Hackbarth as chairman.

Cancer docs back bundled pay

By Sabriya Rice  |  May 21, 2015

A payment reform strategy offering consolidated billing codes and bundled cancer-care payments aims to “fundamentally restructure” the way cancer care is paid for in the U.S.

Grassley presses CMS on Medicare Advantage fraud

By Lisa Schencker  |  May 21, 2015

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is pressing the CMS and the U.S. Justice Department to crack down on Medicare Advantage fraud—an issue that's spurring a growing number of lawsuits and could be costing the government billions.

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